The Ruby on Rails Tutorial book and screencast series teach you how to develop and deploy real, industrial-strength web applications with Ruby on Rails, the open-source web framework that powers top websites such as Twitter, Hulu, GitHub, and the Yellow Pages. The Ruby on Rails Tutorial book is available for free online and is available for purchase as an ebook (PDF, EPUB, and MOBI formats). The companion screencast series includes 12 individual lessons, one for each chapter of the Ruby on Rails Tutorial book. All purchases also include a free copy of the Solutions Manual for Exercises, with solutions to every exercise in the book.
Ruby on Rails Tutorial is a great book as it helped me understand how a rails application works. I am teaching myself how to code with books and online tutorials. Prior to the book I followed online tutorials on how to build simple apps, but I didn't fully understand WHY stuff worked. Or as many people call it, the "Magic" that rails produces. Now I have a much better understanding of rail's MVC (Model View Controller). Learning how to code on my own has been tough. There is a wealth of knowledge in the book. I read the book once, which enabled me to have a good understanding of how a rails application works. Then I worked on my project. When I came to road blocks I returned to the book. I even read the book a second time to better master the material. This book has been very beneficial.
by Mauricio on September 19, 2015 at 18:48
Truly a great, all inclusive tutorial to getting started in web development, utilizing the Rails platform. Useful even if you aren't planning to work with rails. This is the best guide/tutorial I've ever worked with.
by Alex W on September 19, 2015 at 18:36 Verified Buyer
This is a well-structured, well-paced and easy-to-read intro to learning Rails. Highly recommended for anyone looking to learn the popular Ruby on Rails programming framework.
by Corey M on September 19, 2015 at 18:25
The best resource I've come across as I've begun the process of learning Ruby on Rails.
by Rob on September 19, 2015 at 18:14
Having dabbled in light programming and moderate web design - I found this the perfect in-depth guide to more serious web programming! Since finishing this book, I feel like I can finally get working on some of my more complex website ideas. Thanks Michael!
by Des Conlon on September 19, 2015 at 13:49
Simply one of the best Ruby on Rails tutorials I found and will re-read again. 5 stars!
by Willie on September 19, 2015 at 03:15
I'm a full time Ruby on Rails developer. I taught myself to code from square one, and Hartl's Ruby on Rails Tutorial was foundational to my learning the Rails framework. I have highly recommended it to others. 5 stars!
by gwmccubbin on September 16, 2015 at 00:16
The sole reason i'm a Rails developer today!!
by Jaythaceo on September 14, 2015 at 18:37 Verified Buyer
by Parth Shah on September 12, 2015 at 21:29
Definitely one of the best, most comprehensive, and easy to follow tutorials out there. It even has its own service on Cloud9 so you can do everything easily in the browser! Takes you through the steps of creating a twitter clone. I did it twice it was so good! Once to learn the workflow and the next to get in with the code. Highly recommended for someone looking to get into Rails development.
by Sammy V. on September 11, 2015 at 17:29
It was like having my own private teacher. The book takes you from beginner to an app. There are explanations as you go and a step by step guide to follow. I think this book is recommended reading for anyone learning Ruby on Rails. Michaeal Harl is clear, friendly... See your full review
by Laurie G on September 10, 2015 at 19:47 Verified Buyer
This is what I used to start my journey in Ruby on Rails web development. This is a very complicated subject, and it would be all too easy to get either lost in the weeds or confused by high-level abstract concepts. However, this book threads the needle perfectly. You get to understand why you're doing things, but you also see exactly what it is that's going on from a technical standpoint. I was never left wondering, "well, but a pro wouldn't do it this way, right?" Hartl makes sure that everything you build with him is of production quality, so you can directly use what he teaches you. I would definitely recommend this for anyone looking to get started, and I still occasionally go back to the sample app we built to jog my memory on the best way to do something.
by R. Wise on September 10, 2015 at 17:08
The Ruby on Rails Tutorial book is a tremendous resource for anyone interested in learning web development, Ruby and of course Rails. Michael Hartl has done a fantastic job of presenting this material in a very clear and easy to understand manner, progressively stepping through a real world example application. This is a terrific place to start if you want to learn Ruby on Rails - highly recommended!
by Matt A. on September 10, 2015 at 04:13 Verified Buyer
This is an excellent way to start your journey with Rails development. Once I started with this book I just couldn't stop. The examples are good and the author does a really great job explaining the concepts of Rails development. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn Rails development. Really wish that I started using Rails years ago!
by Martin J on September 09, 2015 at 14:18
Amazing book that takes a pragmatic approach to teaching Rails.
by Bartek R on September 09, 2015 at 11:31
This is a great book that introduces all facets of Ruby on Rails development. It also introduces Test-Driven Development, which many other tutorials neglect. I highly recommend this book; it should be read over and over again.
by Paul H on September 08, 2015 at 14:09 Verified Buyer
I am currently doing the tutorial for free using the online version of the book. I'm halfway through Chapter 10, and I've learned a bunch. The explanations are very good, and I often find that my naturally arising questions are addressed just after I ask them. My only complaint is that the author references previous and future code listings A LOT. Having all of those links is sometimes useful, but for the most part it's distracting and I find I can get through the material more quickly and with better understanding if I read the sentences as if they didn't exist. That aside though, I still think it's the best place to start learning Rails. If you decide to use this tutorial, you won't regret it.
by Jory S on September 07, 2015 at 20:28
I purchased this book solely with the intention of getting up to speed on Rails 4 and was extremely impressed with the comprehensiveness of the materials presented. From the complete novice to the web professional, I'm confident everyone can gain something from this book.
by Craig B. on September 04, 2015 at 18:17
I purchased this book hoping to get better at Ruby and Rails, instead I went from a novice to a junior developer. Cannot say thank you enough to the author!
by VictorSK on September 03, 2015 at 19:16
I've read the second edition and this edition of the book and by far it's the best for a beginner in Rails to learn. The book walks you through the best practices with not only rails but Github integration, Heroku deployment and coding styles and best practices for rails development. Michael Hartl is an incredible teacher and I highly recommend this book if you are trying to get started with this incredible framework.
by Tony Brown on September 03, 2015 at 18:25 Verified Buyer